There are many things you can do to help save energy and money in your home
Heating and Water
- Turn your heating down by 1°C.
- Use your central heating timer to turn heating on and off and not the thermostat.
- Keep your radiators clear. For example, do not put a large sofa in front of the radiator as it will absorb a lot of the heat.
- For properties with high ceilings, placing a shelf just above the radiator helps to deflect the heat into the centre of the room rather than it drifting straight up to the ceiling.
- Put radiator panels behind radiators fixed to external walls to help reflect the heat back into the room.
- Use thermal or heavy curtains during the winter and close them at dusk. This will help stop heat escaping through the windows.
- Remove all draughts around the house to help stop the heat from escaping.
- Use letter box covers and key hole covers to help minimise draught.
- Installing loft insulation could save around £145 a year.
- Fit double glazing to reduce heat loss through windows.
- Try to limit electric showers to 10 minutes or invest in a shower monitor to keep an eye on how much hot water you’re using.
- Make sure the water immersion tank is insulated. This will help keep the water hot for a longer period.
- Only fill the kettle with as much water as you actually need.
- When boiling vegetables use just enough water to keep them covered.
- Use the kettle to boil water for cooking, instead of heating a pan on the stove. Not only will this be more efficient, but it generally takes less time too.
- Always use the right size of pan for your cooking ring and put a lid on it. This will help save energy as it will cook quicker.
- Make sure the gas flame only heats the bottom of the pan. This will help save gas and also stops the handle from getting hot and burning your hand.
- Make sure taps are fully turned off after use. This will help save both water and gas.
- Use a microwave or a pressure cooker instead of the oven as they should cook food quicker.
- A steamer or segmented pan means you can cook several types of vegetables on one ring.
- Don’t keep the oven door open for too long when it is in use.
- Switch off the oven sooner, as some dishes will cook while the oven is cooling.
- If you do not use the clock on your microwave turn it off when not in use.
- Always use a full load in a washing machine.
- Use an economy programme on your washing machine whenever possible.
- If the weather is fine, dry your laundry outside instead of using the tumble dryer.
- As tempting as it is, don’t dry clothes on the radiators. It makes your boiler work harder than it needs to.
- Keep filters clean in your tumble dryer.
- Use Eco Balls in the tumble dryer. They make gaps in the washing to allow the heat to move more freely so clothes will dry quicker.